Monday, April 30, 2012
We'll be in New Hamp;shire until Friday, when we will then head south to visit family in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying the brisk (read cold) NH weather mornings. There's a beautiful walking/running path right nearby, which we've been taking advantage of as often as we can.
DW is doing fine, and increasing her pace and balance. She's rarin' to go every training day, and looking forward to our 5K on Wednesday.
Our route has some hills getting to the path, and once we get there, we find some nice little inclines there as well.
The trees are starting to show some leave and buds, a beautiful time in NH.
Our Wifi connections are intermittent, so I was luck to get this little blog posted. Hoping the poor signal connection holds until I post this!
Thanks for reading.
Vic and Chris
Saturday, April 21, 2012
We are taking our time getting up to New Hampshire, as usual. We like to take time and enjoy the trip.
Wifi is not often available, because I prefer the National Parks, or places which do not offer hookups.
Here, we are in Georgia at the Pointes West Army Campground.
I ran 3.5 miles here the day we arrived. Woke up the next day and DW did 3 miles, and I did 4 that morning.
The next day we were in Laurens County, SC at the Brickhouse Crossroads campground in Sumter National Forest.
We had the entire place to ourselves! I woke up early, and went for a run - out of the park onto Hwy 66 and went out 2.5 miles turned around and came back. For a nice 5 mile run. Almost no traffic early in the morning, - I really enjoyed this run. Saw some interesting homes and mini farms.
Today we are in Wilson, NC at an RV park with full hook ups, and I have Wifi! So I can update my Sparkpage. My Blackberry does my email for me, but I don't like using it for web browsing, 'cuz the screen is so small, and my fat fingers are not good for typing on it.
Not sure where we'll be for the night tonight, but probably not driving too far today, maybe end up near Richmond, VA. But, we will do a run this morning before we head out.
Thanks for reading, have a great day today. I know I will!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This was a very small race held at Moss Park, Orlando, FL. We stayed overnight in our RV camper before the race. Here is a visitor to our campsite.
We were the first people there to pick up our packets.
Once the gun went off, we went our own paces. The weather was cool and overcast, so just perfect for a race. I settled in to my pace right away, and ran a pretty good race, a little slower at the last mile. I still can't get that negative split down. There was a little 11 year old girl who was in front of me the entire race. So I just followed her all the way! She crossed the finish line just ahead of me at just under 27 minutes. My time was 27:05, not a PR, but I'll take it.
I chatted with the girls family for a bit, while I kept my eye on the finish line, looking for DW. Number 229 here is the only family member who runs. Cool that the whole family came out to support her.
It was now 45 minutes into the race, and I hadn't seen DW yet, so I ran back into the race path to have a look for her. I was predicting a 45-50 minute race for her. There she is coming around the bend, so I ran in with her for a bit, then ran ahead to catch a picture of her crossing the finish line at 47:28. The clock in her picture after crossing the finish line says 47:12, so I don't know how they came up with 47:28 on the website, but so be it.
It was a great time for both of us, DW says she will continue to allow me to train her, and may even enter a race with me from time to time.
Thanks for reading. Have a great day.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
So to the point, I have this old bathroom scale, not a digital, the floating needle kind. Hard to notice small fluctuations. My usual weight is around 150-151. For many months, and before I started running. 150-151.
A few days ago, I jumped on the scale. 154. Hmmm. Okay some anomaly, I ate too much the last few days, drank too much Diet Coke or water? I drink almost no beer, but I did have 2 beers a few days ago. Could be any one of those.
Today, I hopped on the scale, it says 153. It seems this new weight wants to stick around a while.
The DW has been saying how great my calves look lately, since I started running. I kind of dismissed it, 'cuz she does compliment me quite a bit. "Your haircut looks nice, I like that shirt, that color is nice on you", junk like that. She's just that type of woman.
Now, I reassess her thoughts, and check them out myself. Hmmm. Maybe that's the weight gain? They sure look larger to me. Can my new weight can just be a little more muscle in the old pins?
Time will tell. I'll let you know if anything changes.
Going to see the Doc next week. I hope he doesn't change his mind about it being okay to run as much as I do. He says I'm in better shape than he is, and he's at least a decade younger and claims to be a bit of a fitness buff himself. Hah, wait till I tell him I signed up for a marathon.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Finally bit the bullet and registered for a full Marathon. It will be the Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon in November of this year. I like the idea of a large event for a first timer. I may even use a pace group to help me out. Being such a huge effort for a man of advanced age, I am really going to attempt to just finish this race.
I started running when I was near the end of my 64th year. My goal was to do a Marathon before I turn 66. Pretty close to one year from couch to Marathon.
With our Florida summers being so brutally hot and humid, I will have to train very early in the summer months. Since I am relatively new to running, I have never trained during the summer - should be interesting. November is a long way off, should be plenty of time for training.
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